Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O LORD; See how I am afflicted by those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, That I may tell aloud all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion (Jerusalem) I may rejoice in Your salvation and Your help (Psalms 9:13-14).
The Cross of Calvary is the end of sin because the person being impaled is paying for their crime(s). To the person who forgives the penitent, it is the end of their pain, and a new life can begin. To the person who doesn’t, it is a daily reminder of the pain the person inflicted and the chapter never ends. Forgiveness is not easy because it implies “forgoing any right to retribution”. When we forgive, the weight of the pain will lift in time.
Help me daily to forgive those who sin against me. Help me to forgive myself for the things I have done to others. Forgiving is not a native trait to mankind so it must be a learned behavior. We learn best by real-world experience. May I rejoice in your gates daily as I let go of the pain?